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|Daniel Valdez||Henry Reyna|
|Edward James Olmos||El Pachuco|
|Charles Aidman||George Shearer|
|Tyne Daly||Alice Bloomfield|
|John Anderson||Judge F.W. Charles|
|Mike Gomez||Joey / Jose Torres|
|Alma Martinez||Lupe (as Alma Rosa Martínez)|
|Ed Peck||Lieutenant Edwards|
|Robert Phalen||District Attorney|
|Marco Rodríguez||Smiley / Ismael Torres|
|Kurtwood Smith||Sergeant Smith|
|David Myers||Director of Photography|
|Yvonne Wood||Costume Design|
|William P. Wingate||Producer|
|Tom H. John||Production Design|
|Fred S. Winston||Set Decoration|
"An american original."
In Zoot Suit, Luis Valdez weaves a story involving the real-life events of the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial — when a group of young Mexican-Americans were wrongfully charged with murder — and the Zoot Suit Riots. In the play, Henry Reyna (inspired by real-life defendant Hank Leyvas) is a pachuco gangster and his gang, who were unfairly prosecuted, are thrown in jail for a murder they did not commit. The play is set in the barrios of Los Angeles in the early 1940s against the backdrop of the Zoot Suit Riots and World War II. As in the play, Edward James Olmos portrays El Pachuco, an idealized Zoot Suiter, who functions as narrator throughout the story and serves as Henry's conscience.